Welcome to Team Rian's Resilience. Rian was born December 7, 2021. It was to be a festive, happy season indeed. New baby, the holidays upcoming, and all was well. Fast forward just a few weeks, and the festive mood turned 180 degrees. Rian woke up the night of December 21 with a fever. At just over two weeks old, something wasn't right. We took him right to the emergency room at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. In the hour it took us to get him there, his temperature had reached over 103. We were admitted into the PICU the morning of December 22. Rian was diagnosed with sepsis and bacterial meningitis due to group b strep. We spent almost a week at Children's before being moved to the Children's Home. We spent our first Christmas and New Years as a family of 4 apart. Our daughter was devastated. He was released from the Children's Home on January 5. He is currently still taking anti-seizure meds twice daily and still continues to get bloodwork taken to try to regulate some irregularities.
Rian is a fighter. He is currently a very happy baby boy. Taking him to Children's was a no brainer for us as it is nationally ranked to be among the best. If we hadn't acted so quickly, and if he hadn't received the highest level of care at Children's, we may not have our son today.
On Saturday, June 4, our team is participating in Walk for Children’s 2022 presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. Please join us and thousands of patients, families, and supporters from all over the world help make a difference in the lives of the kids in our community and beyond.
Your support will help families focus on what’s most important – getting their child better. When you give to Walk for Children’s and UPMC Children's Hospital, you invest in transforming kids' lives through expert, compassionate care.
Join us in supporting Children’s by registering to walk with our team or donating to our team page.
Thank you for your support as we Walk for Children’s!